Research with key partners

Our outstanding research expertise, world-class facilities and high-quality students benefit business, the public and the economy enabling us to build business partnerships with a variety of organisations.

Our key research partners include:

Airbus Group

Our partnership with Airbus has enabled the founding of the Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM), an innovative manufacturing centre providing local businesses with access to state of the art manufacturing facilities.


Our research collaborations with AstraZeneca have included a Knowledge Transfer Partnership investigating the effects of man-made chemical discharges on local wildlife and a Student Business Partnership to create a database to assist in vital environmental risk testing - the extra resources we provided were essential to the completion of these projects.

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)

Research partnership collaborations with our students and academic staff in the colleges of Life and Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences have helped Dstl carry out important work in their key business areas, such as infectious diseases and biophysics.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Working with GSK we have been able to develop new techniques for optical imaging and drug delivery, as well as carry out industry relevant research into human health and performance. GSK has also been able to access the skills of our PhD students to work on collaborative research projects.


Many of our academics have worked with IBM. Collaborations have ranged from hosting a two day Research Showcase to developing the skills of their staff through the One Planet MBA. IBM has also represented on our alumni network group, which provides excellent networking and relationship building opportunities.

Met Office

We have worked with the Met Office on more than 120 projects. As well as conducting vital research into climate science, we have collaborated as members of academic and climate business networks. Met Office are also a partner in the Centre for Business and Climate Solutions, which aims to help businesses overcome the challenges posed by climate change.

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)

We have worked in partnership with PML on a range of research projects relating to the marine environment. PML gas used the skills and expertise of our academic and student communities and benefited from the capabilities of our other strategic partners by becoming involved in multidisciplinary projects.


Our work with QinetiQ led to a £3.2 million Knowledge Transfer Account award, allowing extensive electromagnetic materials research and resulting in several new products. QinetiQ has also worked with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's first ever recipients of fellowships in manufacturing to help shape the future of nanotechnology and computing.

Rolls Royce

Corporate partnership collaborations with Rolls Royce have included an investigation into reducing vibrations in turbine engines, as well as collaborating on the research of hierarchical honeycomb structures which could have important applications in the aerospace sector.


Working in partnership with us Shell have been able to access Dr John Love’s research into advanced biofuels, helping the company meet the challenges in sustainable mobility and carbon reduction facing the fuel industry. We continue to work together to solve globally important issues.


Syngenta and the University of Exeter are working together on a number of research projects in the areas of pollination biology, fungal biology and chemical genomics, biophotonics and seed biology. Syngenta also provide scholarships for the Exeter One Planet MBA.